30A Beach Towns

Explore the many varied communities making up South Walton's Gulf Coast! They don't call the  area Scenic 30A for nothing. Come experience paradise in Northwest Florida!

The 30A Communities:

A Guide to 30A Architecture Styles: Everything You Need to Know

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide to 30A architecture styles? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we're providing an overview of the architectural styles found in 30A communities, from classic beach cottages to modern contemporary homes. Whether you’re planning to purchase or build a home on Scenic 30A or are just curious about the different design styles in our area, this guide has all the information you need.


Cottage Style

The cottage-style of architecture can be seen throughout 30A communities, but perhaps nowhere more than in Grayton Beach, FL. Generations of families have been spending summers here as far back as the 1800s. While it’s now a vibrant arts…

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Walton County has officially designated October as Coastal Dune Lake Month. This is a new designation and a unique way to honor our unique Coastal Dune Lakes through education and activities.

In celebration of the past 20 years of protection efforts, the board will host a month-long celebration to include community education and outreach, coastal dune lake cleanup activities, tours of the coastal dune lakes, restoration activities, and more. Here are events you can enjoy and participate in:

Every Saturday in October • DIY Coastal Dune Lake Clean-Up

Oct 5th & 19th • Lecture and Nature Trail Tour: Panhandle Outdoor Live

Oct 12th and 17th • Award-winning documentary on WFSU (PBS) Jewels of The Emerald Coast  

Oct 18th & 20th • Deer Lake…

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On this day last year, we shared the Top 30A Beach Towns that were the most popular with Buyers. One year later we decided to look at what the trends show now. 

Drum roll please . . .

Coming in at first place again!

#1 Seagrove Beach

We think Seagrove Beach stays at the top of the list for a few reasons:

  • Diversity of selection among homes and condos -- from upscale, luxury, and modern to elegant, Old Florida and beach bungalow-style.
  • Seagrove is largely comprised of several small pockets of neighborhoods, many of which allow owners more freedom with design and fewer community restrictions.
  • Plenty of ways to get to the beach, with 22 neighborhood access points, one regional access at Santa Clara, and another regional access is…

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Scenic 30A and South Walton are packed with an assortment of activities that are sure to please outdoorsy types, foodies, and curious wanderers of all ages.

We’ve put together some of our favorites to share with you, from coffee houses and locally crafted beer to outdoor adventures, and best spas.


Best Kids Activities & Attractions:

  • 30A Sea Life Discovery Center
  • Learn To Surf
  • The Big Chill
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • Camp Watercolor

Best Fishing Charter:

  • Reel 30A
  • Florida Boy Adventures
  • Santa Rosa Charters

Best Outdoor Adventure Company:

  • YOLO Board
  • Adventure 30A
  • BOTE Grayton

 Best Coffee Houses:

  • Black Bear Bread Company (We also highly recommend dinner at the Grayton…

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Did you know there are more than 50 beach, bay, and lake access points in South Walton? The types of access vary from Regional Beach Access (including parking, restrooms and showers, and ADA-compliant boardwalks) to Neighborhood Beach Access (for walk-up traffic access), and Bay & Lake access with boat ramps and restrooms. Currently, there are 9 Regional Beach Access points ----with one more coming soon, just south of Cafe Thirty-A---- and 43 Neighborhood Beach Access points scattered all along 30A. To view all current beach, bay & lake access locations, go to visitsouthwalton.com 


Coming soon to Gulf Place is a large parking area with transportation facilities, similar to what is planned at Grayton Beach. Seaside is already offering their guests…

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Larry Davis Broker-Owner Davis Properties of NWFL

With mixed emotions, and after 11 years in Seagrove, this week Larry Davis, owner and broker of Davis Properties of NW Florida announced that he sold his Seagrove Beach office building (not the business) to another local firm.   In 2011 Davis had been in search of an ideal location to purchase and set up shop for his real estate company. When the vacant lot in Seagrove came available for purchase, he went and sat on the property in his Smart Car watching traffic and pedestrians go by. Davis recounts that within 10 minutes he counted over 70 bicyclists, runners, and walkers going past and he knew right then he found the ideal location.

His vision for the property was driven by an ardent desire to make the building and grounds something special and…

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Choctawhatchee Bay Pilings

 


When crossing the Hwy 331 Bridge in Santa Rosa Beach, (AKA: The Clyde B. Wells Bridge) have you noticed all the pilings in the distance on the east side and wondered what their story is?   They’re hard to miss as the large group of them actually spans a little over a mile long out in the Bay. The pilings provide a favorite perch and resting spot for the pelicans or cormorants who spend their days fishing the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay.  

We've long heard local tales about the Bay Pilings and decided to do a little digging on our own to find out more about them.  While there's some genuine history to be found about the old pilings, there’s also some mystery, intrigue, and colorful stories surrounding them as well. 

According to the…

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SWARA-UMA Scultpure - South Walton Florida

 Sculpture Rendering COMMON CHORD: Santa Rosa Beach Florida Artist Vince Tatum 
                                                         

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are proud to reveal the ten sculpture designs, including the museum’s first international selections, chosen by the jury for permanent exhibition in the fourth installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA).  Deployment of the 2022 UMA installation is slated for Summer.

Named in 2018 by TIME Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is presented as part of CAA’s Art In Public Spaces Program and augments SWARA’s mission of creating marine habitat and expanding fishery populations while…

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Inlet Beach Florida

In today’s blog post we take a look at the area’s easternmost community - Inlet Beach Florida. Considered the gateway to South Walton County and Scenic 30A, Inlet Beach encompasses a little more than 3.5 square miles. Bordered on the south by the gulf and beach, and on the north by Lake Powell, the largest Coastal Dune Lake in the Northern Hemisphere.  (Learn more here:  30A's Rare Coastal Dune Lakes.)

In the last few years, this formerly sleepy little area at the eastern entrance of Scenic 30A has experienced a surge of growth and popularity both commercially and in the development of new homes and businesses. There are now three main shopping and dining areas located within Inlet Beach 30Avenue, The Crossings at Inlet Beach, and Shops of Inlet…

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We're excited to unveil a brand new, beautiful edition of  IN • REVIEW Magazine with you!   This time IN • REVIEW's Local Features Section includes the Cultural Arts Alliance's upcoming MONARCH ART TRAIL unveiling on Friday, November 12th +  coverage on a new local brewery & taproom, Owner & Gardening Tips, 30A Fall Event's Calendar, and more.


As we've done in previous editions of IN • REVIEW, we break down 30A Market Trends from a unique and different perspective. Statistics that you'll discover include a 42% increase in the number of homes sold in  Seagrove Beach; Cash sales accounted for  58% of the homes sold in Blue Mountain Beach.  And one of the most interesting data points revealed a whopping 65% jump in the median price of  Seagrove…

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